There is danger in representing ourselves, in being seen. We are not necessarily equipped to have discussions describing experiences with systems of representation. In our eagerness to see more difference, we do not always take into account how difference is exploited and marketed. Within the discourses of multiculturalism many of us have grown up in, no matter what our ideological stance, we instantly become representatives for multiculturalism. It’s easy to encourage representations of the Other, because the Other is ourselves, and we often desire representations within the frameworks we were familiar with.
I have a deep love for stories that tell new fairy tales in the old style, or that take the old tales, reimagine them, reshape them, and turn them into something new, whether it’s by putting a different spin on the characters or the setting or the point of view or something else. Luckily for me, and you, there is a lot of masterful and audacious fairy tale/folktale-inspired short fiction to feast upon.
So the only advice I have is to find people that you like hanging out with and bring up the subject, because not everybody is out about their disabilities, right? So you would miss those people if you were going for discussion groups that were official and supported by your doctor or whatever. So hang out with people that you like and bring up disability. And you may be surprised at who you find that is a fellow traveler.
My themes for this short fiction roundup are time travel, alternate universes, and portal fantasies. As a reader and as a writer, I’ve always loved stories with magical doorways to other worlds, time-travel shenanigans, and multiverses where other versions of us might have turned out very differently than we did.
The erasing of African legacies in the diasporas led to the creation of African archetypes, that helped maintain a sense of identity through the horror, a narrative of home that had to be passed to generations who would never know that home, who enhanced it and changed it in turn. Forced migration and assimilation gave birth to New World syncretism. Our speculative world is enriched by it.
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